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Late strike sets up Greece quarter-final for Germany

Denmark 1-2 Germany

Germany overcame a spirited Denmark side to earn a quarter-final against Greece.

The Germans took the lead through Lukas Podolski (pictured), winning his 100th cap, and after Michael Krohn-Dehli's equaliser, Lars Bender's late strike saw Germany finish top of Group B, knocking Denmark out in the process.

Germany started strongly and Thomas Muller fired a left foot drive over the bar in the second minute then, on five minutes Muller should have scored, but with an open goal to aim at he shot straight at Stephan Andersen from six yards.

Nicklas Bendtner was presented with a half chance on 13 minutes, but sent his long range pot shot wide. 

Podolski broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. He was left unmarked in the box when Muller's cross came in from the right and made no mistake with an emphatic low strike.

Denmark levelled in the 24th minute. A far post corner was headed back towards goal by Bendtner, and Krohn-Dehli pounced to head home. 

Gomez and Podolski go close

Mario Gomez made a mess of a good chance, then Germany were presented with an opportunity to regain the lead in the 37th minute, but from a neatly worked free-kick Podolski blazed his powerful shot over the ball.

Four minutes later, Sami Khedira was presented with a great opportunity, but Denmark survived as Khedira poked his shot wide of the near post.

Germany carved out the last clear chance of the first half, but Andersen saved bravely at the feet of Gomez.

Denmark were close to grabbing a lead five minutes into the second half. Bendtner did well to find Simon Poulsen, whose low shot curled inches wide of the near post, then after Andre Schurrle's shot was saved by Andersen, Niki Zimling's 30-yard strike went wide at the other end.

Germany were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Bendtner was sent tumbling in the box, but they took the lead in the 80th minute when Bender surged into the box before sending his shot into the back of the net.

Daniel Agger headed wide of the near post from an 84th minute corner, but it was too little too late. 

Denmark: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Eriksen, Jakob Poulsen, Zimling, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner. Subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Rommedahl, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel.

Germany: Neuer, Bender, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez. Subs: Wiese, Gundogan, Schmelzer, Howedes, Schurrle, Klose, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Reus, Zieler.

By Mark Roach

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